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Is the proposed SGR fix too vague to work?

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula last month, but the fix may create a new set of problems, according to  Vox.

Alarm fatigue, data integrity, patient violence top list of patient safety hazards

The 2015 edition of the ECRI Institute's top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations includes many of the usual suspects, but also highlights recent headline-grabbing hazards such as patient violence and inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes.

Minimum-distance requirements could hurt rural, critical access hospitals

A recent study published in  Health Affairs  determines minimum-distance requirements for rural, critical access hospitals would be disruptive to communities that depend on those hospitals, while only creating modest Medicare savings.

Survey reveals most physician-friendly states of 2015

South Carolina, Minnesota and Texas secured the top three respective states to practice, while Oregon, New Jersey and Rhode Island rounded out the bottom, according to a new WalletHub survey, which used 12 metrics to measure physicians' opportunity, competition and work environment by state.

Hospitals, CIOs call for increased patient identifier action in interoperability roadmap

Hospitals and health system CIOs both stressed the need for patient identifiers in comments sent late last week to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on its draft roadmap.

Ebola fears spurred 'unprecedented' hospital prep

Even as the threat of Ebola recedes, the healthcare sector's experiences last fall as it faced a possible American outbreak created a need for unprecedented planning within the industry, according to two studies published in the  Journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

OSHA updates guidance for hospital violence prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued updated guidance for protections against workplace violence for healthcare workers, as violent incidents continue to plague healthcare providers.

Brokers try to focus less on employer, more on individual

With the possibility of  more employers shifting their employees onto the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, health insurance brokers are now shifting their focus from the employer to the individual.

CMS urges Senate to pass SGR fix before cuts take effect

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urged the Senate to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula before April 15 so that doctors won't face cuts in Medicare reimbursements, according to  The Hill.

Provider-payer battles: Are value-based payments, price transparency to blame?

The financial pressures associated with the seismic change taking hold in the healthcare industry may be behind high-profile disputes between healthcare organizations and insurance companies, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.